Yes, you are reading right: here’s a driving report with the Porsche 918 Hybrid. A must read!
We arrive at Nardo at daybreak. We barely slept an hour last night out of nervous anticipation for what comes today: a ride in a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype, the only one in the world. It’s still winter in the heel of Italy, but the air is warm and there’s a blue sky overhead. This is good news, because multimillion-dollar development prototypes and rain don’t mix.
A Volkswagen Multivan deposits us at the remote test track where we find a gaggle of Porsche engineers at work, surrounded by all sorts of data-logging equipment. And there, in the middle of it all, is the 918.
The first ever Porsche 918 Spyder to run under its own means is nothing more than a rolling chassis pieced together so engineers can test its gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. Partly covered in modified Porsche 911 body panels and flaunting outrageous exhaust pipes that sprout up from the engine bay at the rear (a feature we’re assured will be retained for production), it is a long way from the 918 Spyder concept that basked in the spotlight at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show.